Tuesday 27 September 2016

'We will never let Jo leave our lives' - Sister of 'perfect' Jo Cox pays tribute to slain MP

Amy Murphy

Published 18/06/2016 | 15:22

Kim Leadbeater (L), the sister of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, speaks as her parents Gordon and Jean Leadbeater (C) listen in Birstall, Britain June 18, 2016. Danny Lawson/Press Association via REUTERS
Kim Leadbeater (L), the sister of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, speaks as her parents Gordon and Jean Leadbeater (C) listen in Birstall, Britain June 18, 2016. Danny Lawson/Press Association via REUTERS
Fazila Aswat, the assistant to Labour MP Jo Cox, looks at floral tributes left in Birstall, West Yorkshire, as the man charged with her murder gave his name as "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain" during his first court appearance Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
MP Jo Cox speaking in the House of Commons. Photo: AFP/Getty
From left: MPs Lucy Smith, Jeff Smith, and Paula Sheriff leave floral tributes close to where their colleague Jo Cox was murdered on Thursday in Birstall, England. Photo: Getty
Pictured members of the public take a moment to remember Jo Cox MP. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
A Peoples Vigil in memory of Jo Cox took place at Custom Quay in Dublin this evening. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
The Labour Party, Oxfam, Siptu, members of the public and other organisations remembered Jo Cox MP at a candlelight vigil at the the World Poverty Stone on the quays in Dublin last night. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.

The sister of Jo Cox has said the MP was "perfect" as she visited floral tributes with her family.

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Kim Leadbeater, her parents and other family members viewed the ever-growing collection of flowers laid at a memorial in Birstall in tribute to Mrs Cox.

The family hugged and thanked people before speaking to the assembled crowd about the Batley and Spen MP.

Ms Leadbeater struggled to contain her emotion as she spoke of her sister's two young children.

She said: "For now, our family is broken but it will mend in time and we will never let Jo leave our lives.

"She will live on through Brendan, through us and through her truly wonderful children who will always know what an utterly amazing woman their mother was.

"She was a human being. She was perfect."

Mrs Cox's husband Brendan, who Ms Leadbeater said could not attend as he was looking after the couple's children, sent a tweet supporting his sister-in-law.

Tributes left to Labour MP Jo Cox who was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Tributes left to Labour MP Jo Cox who was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Members of the public look at flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Members of the public look at flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Members of the public look at flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Floral tributes are left at the boarded-up constituency office of Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox, in Batley near Leeds, in Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble
People gather during a vigil for Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox, in Batley near Leeds, in Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Floral tributes are left at the boarded-up constituency office of Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox, in Batley near Leeds, in Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble
People gather during a vigil for Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox, in Batley near Leeds, in Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble
People react as they view tributes to murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
A woman reacts as she views tributes to murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Members of the public lay flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury looks at flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury (centre) looks at flowers and tributes in Parliament Square, London, after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock speaking at a vigil in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Around 300 people attended the event in Castle Square, Aberavon. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
Flowers at a vigil in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Around 300 people attended the event in Castle Square, Aberavon. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock speaking at a vigil in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Around 300 people attended the event in Castle Square, Aberavon. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

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He wrote: "Very proud of my sister-in-law Kim who spoke on behalf of us all and did her sister proud #MoreInCommon"

Ms Leadbeater said: "From a very young age, all Jo ever wanted was for everyone to be happy.

"We were brought up to see the best in everything and everyone."

She added: "She only saw the good."

Ms Leadbeater spoke of her sister receiving abuse on Twitter and Facebook during her political career.

She said: "But she would still see the positive and talk about the silent majority who would not always shout the loudest but were in her corner."

She continued: "Over the last 48 hours, people have not been silent. They have been vocal and passionate and have spoken from the heart. Genuine emotion with no hidden agenda.

"Jo would have loved it.

"We have to continue this strength and solidarity for the days, months and years to come as part of Jo's legacy.

"To focus on that which unites us and not which divides us."

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